Golden Gate National Cemetery

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Golden Gate National Cemetery
Golden Gate National Cemetery main gate.JPG
Main gate in 2008
Details
Year established 1937
Location 1300 Sneath Lane
San Bruno, California
Country United States
Coordinates 37°38′02″N 122°25′41″W / 37.634°N 122.428°W / 37.634; -122.428Coordinates: 37°38′02″N 122°25′41″W / 37.634°N 122.428°W / 37.634; -122.428[1]
Type United States National Cemetery
Size 161.5 acres (0.654 km2)
Number of graves 136,101
Website US Dept of Veterans Affairs Golden Gate National Cemetery
Find a Grave Golden Gate National Cemetery
A view out from the center of the cemetery

Golden Gate National Cemetery is a U.S. National Cemetery in California, located in the city of San Bruno, 12 miles (20 km) south of San Francisco. Because of the name and location, it is frequently confused with San Francisco National Cemetery, which dates to the 19th century and is in the Presidio of San Francisco, in view of the Golden Gate. Around 1937, San Francisco residents voted to bar the opening of new cemeteries within the city proper and, as a result, the site for the new national cemetery was selected south of the city limits in adjacent San Mateo County.

History[edit]

Congress authorized construction of the facility in 1937, with the first interments in 1941. The cemetery was officially dedicated on Memorial Day, May 30, 1942. California Attorney General Earl Warren (later Governor, then Chief Justice of the United States) was keynote speaker at the ceremony. Golden Gate is one of a large number of U.S. Army-planned cemeteries started in the 1930s and completed during the 1940s. They were designed specifically to provide abundant burial opportunities in locations around the nation in cities with very large veteran populations.

As of 2005, the cemetery held 137,435 interments. Over the years, several attempts to expand Golden Gate National Cemetery were met with resistance from local residents, so it has remained at its original 161.5 acres (0.654 km2) since 1941.

Ironically, a number of service members who are buried at the Golden Gate National Cemetery were interned in the stables at the nearby Tanforan Racetrack during the early part of the Japanese American internment.

Monuments and memorials[edit]

The American Veterans donated a Schulmerich carillon to the cemetery as part of their worldwide living memorial carillon program. The carillon was dedicated May 30, 1958.

Notable burials[edit]

Medal of Honor Recipients[edit]

(Dates are of the actions for which they were awarded the Medal of Honor.)

Headstone of John Dahlgren
  • Seaman Hugh P. Mullin (Philippine-American War), U.S. Navy. On board the USS Texas, November 11, 1899 (Section A-2, Grave 294).

Other burials[edit]

Nimitz's headstone

Non-citizens[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)
  2. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery Report. Breakdown obtained from casualty record.

Further reading[edit]

  • Culbertson, Judi; Randall, Tom (1989). "14: Military Cemeteries Cemeteries". Permanent Californians: an illustrated guide to the cemeteries of California. Chelsea, VT: Chelsea Green. pp. 221–231. ISBN 978-0930031213. OCLC 19322965. 

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